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The Great Contraction, 1929-1933 (Princeton Classic Editions)
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Popular belief is that the Stock Market crash of 1929 caused the Great Depression. From a statistical monetary analysis this is obviously false. For a year after the stock market crashed the economy experienced a recessionary business cycle but monetary factors remained relatively stable. After the bank panic of 1930 that all changed. The bank panics of 1931 and 1933 made matters far worse and at an accelerating rate. The United States caused the Great Depression which would later lead to an international depression.
If the Federal Reserve had followed a policy of monetary easing the bank panic of 1930 probably would not have happened. This would have required a very small amount, ~$80 million, in order to solve. The 1931 panic could have been prevented, even accounting for the 1930 panic with a ~$250 million injection of capital into banks. The 1933 crisis could have been prevented with ~$1 billion injection of capital. Instead the Federal Reserve decided to disregard conventional theory, which while not perfect would have solved the crisis, and submit to a deflationary set of policies. In the end it came down to the Federal Reserve System lacking internal leadership and acting in a fractured manner.
The Great Contraction only partially explains the monetary history of the Great Depression. I highly recommending Friedman and Shwartz's 'Monetary History of the U.S., 1867-1960' for those wishing to know more.
Unfortunately, Friedman and Shwartz's analysis only partially explains the Great Contraction and the subsequent Great Depression.Read more ›
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The book is what I expected from the very beginning, a masterpiece demonstrating the true behind the great recession. His last book and in the field of reality, one of the best.Published on January 3, 2014 by Bruno Henrique Pinhão